Contractor Near Miss – Work Zone Clearance

Brief Description of Incident:

Sub-contractor arrived on site and did not contact utility construction representative on site. Sub-contractor proceeded to contact system control directly for a clearance on a work zone. Utility construction representative became aware of the situation, intervened and proceeded to get the sub-contractor to stand down -advising the sub-contractor to approach the existing clearance holder before proceeding. Existing clearance holder was contacted and path forward established.

Immediate Corrective Actions Taken:

System Control dispatched safety advocate to site and discussion ensued with current clearance holder. Sub-Contractor returned their clearance, and worked under protection extension of existing clearance holder. Protection extension given by existing clearance holder to sub-contractor.